Detroit Mayor Pleads for Forgiveness
DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded for forgiveness from his family and his constituents and vowed to remain mayor in an emotional televised speech, his de- layed response to recently revealed racy text messages that contradict his sworn testimony that he did not have a physical relationship with a key aide.
He did not specify, however, what he was apologizing for, saying legal matters prevented him from doing so. A prosecutor is investigating whether the mayor and chief of staff Christine Beatty lied under oath during a whistle-blower’s lawsuit last summer in which both denied having a physical relationship. A conviction of lying under oath can bring up to 15 years’ imprisonment.